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Source: Sanctuary , December 1

Ezekiel 22:30

I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

When Frances Havergal, author of the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be,” was a teenager, her parents moved to Dusseldorf, Germany, where she was placed in a German school. She was the only Christian among 110 pupils. The others made fun of her, teased her, even persecuted her. Her response? “It was very bracing,” she wrote. “I felt I must try to walk worthy of my calling, for Christ’s sake. It was a sort of nailing my colors to the mast.”

You might be the only Christian in your school, on your ball team, at your office, or in your family. What an opportunity! Christians are the “salt of the earth.” It doesn’t take a lot of salt to season the whole pot. The presence of even one believer can hinder sin, delay judgment, prompt conviction, and extend the kingdom of God.

Paul and his two companions were apparently the only believers on the storm-tossed ship in Acts 27. But their presence saved all 276 people on board. The odds against Elijah on Mount Carmel were 450 to 1, but one plus God is a majority. The feeblest light is best seen in the thickest darkness. Don’t be afraid to nail your colors to the mast.

Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary : Finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (352). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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